Science Seminar

everyone is welcome!

April 2, 2010

Anne Whitson

Why we need to get sick

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Posted on April 26, 2010

April 9, 2010

Teri Trillo

Sleep deprivation

Why is sleep important? How much sleep do you really need? What can you do to improve the quality/quantity of your sleep?

Posted on April 26, 2010

April 16, 2010

Steven Swope

Living With Asthma

Asthma affects about 7% of the U.S. population, and some reports indicate up to a quarter of all urban children suffer from this inflammation of lung tissue. About 4,000 people in the US die from asthma each year. Come find out more about this disease which seemingly used to be rare and is now one of the great health threats in developed nations.

Posted on May 7, 2010

April 20, 2010

Eric Baer

Fire and Ice: The ongoing eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland has been causing havoc for 5 days. Why is a little ash such a big problem for airplanes? How much longer will the eruption go on? Why are volcanologists worried about the eruption getting worse? And most importantly, can Eric say “Eyjafjallajokull”?

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April 23, 2010

Rus Higley

Ocean Acidification: An Emerging Problem for the World’s Oceans

The evil twin of climate change, ocean acidification is a potential global catastrophe. With local effects, including the imminent collapse of the Washington oyster industry, as well as enormous global effects on food supply, we must try to mediate and solve this crisis. Join us for this special Earth-Week Science Seminar!

Posted on May 7, 2010

April 30, 2010

Woody Moses

Human Ecology of Belize

Belize is a unique specimen in Central America: an English-speaking ex-colony staking it’s future on ecotourism while trying to shed its old colonial bonds. It is blessed with the world’s second largest barrier reef and has more of its land in protection than almost any other country in the world. But with more than 30% of the population living below the poverty line, will it be able to preserve these resources? And how do we from the United States fit into its new identity while promoting a sustainable future for Belize and threatened natural resources it possess? Come learn about this fascinating nation and what Highline students are doing to learn more about the newest democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Posted on May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010

Dusty Wilson

Certainty, Mystery, and the Classroom

What is mathematics? Where does it come from? What is its purpose? Each educator has a philosophy of mathematics that impacts teaching. Most are unaware of assumptions passed on to students. Could the philosophy of mathematics be what is missing in efforts to breathe life back into community college mathematics?

Posted on May 7, 2010

May 14, 2010

Andy Piacsek

Sonic Booms, Skulls, and Tsunamis: Some Examples from the Wide World of Wave Physics

The universe is awash in waves: light waves, sound waves, seismic waves... even gravity waves. Because they are such a universal phenomenon, waves are a fundamental part of every physicist's education. Andy Piacsek, from Central Washington University will present a few examples of current research at CWU in the area of wave physics, including contributions by undergraduate students.

Posted on May 24, 2010

May 21, 2010

Kevin Stanley and James Peyton

Homo Economicus: What we have learned from experimental economics

Economic models are built on the assumption that economic behavior is rational – that you and I weigh the costs and benefits of different actions and then chose that action which maximizes individual welfare. Homo Economicus is both self-interested and calculating. Recently, behavioral economics has used experiments to challenge the validity of this basic rationality assumption. This seminar will explore findings from experimental economics including issues of fairness, endowments, expectations and cheating.

May 24, 2010

May 28, 2010

Gloria Rose Koepping

Science or Politics? Controversial Changes in the DSM-5

If you’ve always wondered about how a person’s problems receive a mental health diagnosis, come and learn how the psychiatrists decide what is healthy and what is not. Sex, death, relationships, it is all in there. Conceptual trends of what constitutes mental health change over time or at least how some professionals view them. Come see what all the fuss is about! Our own psychologist, Gloria Rose Koepping will explain and critique proposed or possible changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual- 5. Sounds boring? Trust me, it’s not.

June 4, 2010

Shelley Kunasek

The Ice Cores’ Story of Climate Change

Humans have only measured temperature and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere for a few centuries, an extremely short period compared to the billions of years of Earth’s history. Our short measurement records tell us that human activity since the Industrial Revolution has increased carbon dioxide and methane concentrations by over 30%. A small global mean temperature change (<0.5°C) is also observed. How can we determine whether these changes are significantly different than natural changes Earth’s climate? Polar ice cores extend our records nearly 1 million years into the past, offering a detailed look at Earth’s climate and greenhouse gas abundance long before humans discovered fossil fuels.